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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S 3D Capable Smartphone To Cost £350

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S will only cost £350 according to an email from online retailer Clove Technology which also noted that the first stocks are expected on the 26th of September.

£350 is less than what the current Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc cost at launch, which means that the latter's price will almost certainly go down (although we traced an Xperia Arc from E2save at £320 with free 12 months contract, more here).

The Arc S is to the original Arc what the iPhone 3GS is to the 3G, a marginal upgrade. There's a single core Qualcomm SoC clocked at 1.4GHz which apparently delivers a 25 per cent performance increase.

Why performance doesn't increase linearly with increasing clock speed (a 40 per cent clock speed increase = 25 per cent performance improvement), we're not sure.

Then there's a 2D-to-3D conversion feature that allows users to take pictures using what Sony Ericsson calls a 3D Sweep panorama which can then be displayed on a 3D TV or another 3D display via the built-in HDMI port.

The rest of the feature list is similar to the previous Arc; 512MB RAM, Sony Mobile Bravia Engine, Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, microSDHC card, a 4.2-inch display with a 854x480 pixel screen, Bluetooth, WiFi, an eight-megapixel rear camera, Sony Exmor for mobile CMOS sensor and SE's own Timescape UI.